Star Names


SCORPIUS (Sco, SCORPII): the scorpion
ALPHAScoAntares"anti-Ares", rival of Mars
BETAScoGraffias or Acrab"crab"
DELTAScoDscubba"forehead"
THETAScoSargasBabylonian title? also "seizer" & "smiter"
LAMBDAScoShaula"raised tail"
NUScoJabbah"forehead"
SIGMAScoAl Niyat"support/shield of the heart"
UPSILONScoLesath or Lesuth"stinger"
OMEGAScoJabhat al Akrab"scorpion's forehead"

SCULPTOR (Scl, SCULPTORIS): the sculptor (originally his studio)

SCUTUM (Sct, SCUTI): the shield

SERPENS (Ser, SERPENTIS): the snake
ALPHASerUnuk Al Hay or Unukalhai"neck of the snake"
BETASerChow"imperial dynasty"
THETASerAlya"snake"

SEXTANS (Sex, SEXTANTIS): the sextant

TAURUS (Tau, TAURI): the bull
ALPHATauAldebaran"follower" (of the Pleiades)
BETATauEl Nath"the butting" (horn)
GAMMATauPrimus Hyadum"first Hyad"
EPSILONTauAin(second) "eye of the bull" (after Aldebaran)
ETA/25TauAlcyone"queen who wards off evil [storms]" (one of the Pleiades)
27TauAtlas"he who dares/suffers" (a Titan; father of the Pleiades)
17TauElectra"amber/shining/bright" (one of the Pleiades)
20TauMaia"grandmother/mother", "nurse", "great one" (one of the Pleiades)
23TauMerope"eloquent", "bee-eater", "mortal" (one of the Pleiades)
19TauTaygeta? maybe "long-necked" (one of the Pleiades)
28/BUTauPleione"sailing queen" (an Oceanid; mother of the Pleiades)
16TauCelaeno"swarthy" (one of the Pleiades)
21/22TauAsterope"lightning/twinkling/sun-face/stubborn-face" (one of the Pleiades)

TELESCOPIUM (Tel, TELESCOPII): the telescope

TRIANGULUM (Tri, TRIANGULI): the triangle
ALPHATriMothallah or Caput Trianguli"triangle", "head of the triangle"

TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE (TrA, TRIANGULI AUSTRALIS): the southern triangle
ALPHATrAAtria"alpha of triangulum australe"

TUCANA (Tuc, TUCANAE): the toucan

URSA MAJOR (UMa, URSAE MAJORIS): the greater bear
ALPHAUMaDubhe, Dubh, or Dubb"bear"
BETAUMaMerak or Mirak"loins"
GAMMAUMaPhad or Phecda"thigh"
DELTAUMaMegrez"insertion-point" (of the bear's tail)
EPSILONUMaAlioth"goat"
ZETAUMaMizar"wrapping" (loincloth)
80UMaAlcor"the abject"
ETAUMaAlkaid or Benetnasch"chief of the daughters of the bier"
THETAUMaAl Haud"the pond"
IOTAUMaTalitha Borealis or Dnoces"third [leap of the gazelle], north"
KAPPAUMaTalitha Australis"third [leap of the gazelle], south"
LAMBDAUMaTania Borealis"second [leap of the gazelle], north"
MUUMaTania Australis"second [leap of the gazelle], south"
NUUMaAlula Borealis"first [leap of the gazelle], north"
XIUMaAlula Australis"first [leap of the gazelle], south"
OMICRONUMaMuscida"muzzle"

URSA MINOR (UMi, URSAE MINORIS): the lesser bear
ALPHAUMiPolaris"pole star"
BETAUMiKochab or Kokab"star"
GAMMAUMiPherkab"calf"
DELTAUMiYildun"star"

VELA (Vel, VELORUM): the sails of the Argo
GAMMAVelSuhail or Regor"smooth plain" (applied to stars near the horizon) or ?
KAPPAVelMarkab"thing for riding on"
LAMBDAVelSuhail"smooth plain" (applied to stars near the horizon)
PHIVelTseen Ke"heaven's record"

VIRGO (Vir, VIRGINIS): the virgin
ALPHAVirSpica"ear of wheat" (held by Virgo)
BETAVirZavijava or Alaraph"corner of the barker" or "most knowlegable"
GAMMAVirPorrimaRoman goddess of childbirth
DELTAVirAuva"the barker"
EPSILONVirVindemiatrix"vine-harvestress"
ZETAVirHeze?
ETAVirZaniah"corner"
IOTAVirSyrma"train"

VOLANS (Vol, VOLANTIS): the flying fish

VULPECULA (Vul, VULPECULAE): the little fox

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Steven Gibson